After an incredibly exciting away game at Everton (with Chelsea one step closer to securing their league win), we were up fairly early and ready to explore and enjoy a day in Liverpool. We were staying in the Travelodge Central, The Strand Hotel – meaning we could see the docks from our hotel window! So, that was the first place we headed to!
The Albert Dock is Liverpool’s most famous site. It was historically home to Britain’s revolutionary docking system, with ships loading and unloading directly to and from the warehouses. Now, the docks offer a variety of museums, restaurants and bars to enjoy.
As it was early, we decided to take advantage of the lack of people and wandered along the dock itself, photographing the now stationary ships, the thousands of locks chained up along the riverfront and the contrast of new, sleek modern architecture alongside the bricked remains of the old Pier Head.
We then headed over to the Tate Liverpool – a free art museum that is a popular choice with the tourists and locals. There are various exhibitions on within the Tate with an array of sculptures, graphic art and photography.
Next, we headed to The Beatles Story! This is the reason I have wanted to visit Liverpool in so long, to learn more about the birth place of this iconic group. Entrance costs £15.95 for an adult ticket but we were able to use our trusty Tesco Clubcard vouchers (a loyalty card scheme from a UK supermarket).
The entrance included a free audio tour that takes you along the journey through the museum. The tour starts with the beginning (funny that), talking you through the humble start of the four popstars with replicas of the first few venues they performed in – like the Cavern Club, along with their original offices, recording studio and even a replica of the store they first purchased their guitars from (yes it is detailed!).
The story then continued through the rise of The Beatles and their success through the years – with mini replicas of Abbey Road – a lot safer option to take that iconic photo than the middle of an actual road in Central London. Original copies of their hand written lyrics to iconic songs can also be seen in the museum as can a vast collection of autographed merchandise.
Next, we found ourselves wondering through the yellow submarine era.. and wandering through an actual yellow submarine. We then walked through a room with various videos telling the story of The Beatles break up. Last but not least, you then walk into a peaceful white room with a white Piano and a picture of John Lennon and his glasses atop of the piano with the lyrics to his famous song; Imagine written across the walls.
The museum offers a cafe and gift shop with the usual merchandise available. The cafe prices were actually pretty reasonable compared to the cafe prices in most museums around London – Check out our vlog below for more on The Beatles Story.
After leaving The Beatles Story, we headed towards an unusual cafe in a red, double-decker bus. Afternoon tea options were available but we opted for a quick hot dog – we weren’t quite finished exploring.
Next stop with the Liverpool Museum with exhibits that walked your through some of the dock history, the history of the UK – dating back to the first and second World War as well as some interesting information about the connections the city has with China. We particularly enjoyed the exhibition that discussed the history of the two local football teams; Liverpool FC and Everton.
To finish off the day, we headed to the Megaplex area in the middle of the shopping centre. We enjoyed a Nando’s feast for dinner and headed to bed, ready for our five hour drive home the following day.
We loved Liverpool! I was surprised to find it to be so beautiful, it has fast become one of my favourite places in the UK! What is yours?!